For controlling both large and complex projects, e:cue’s Lighting Control Engine (LCE) is essentially a lighting-control server (see figure) providing numerous options for networking illumination devices. The unit combines the interactivity of the company’s previous Media Engine 2 with the performance of the Lighting Control Server 1 (LCS1).
With the latest Lighting Application Suite 5.2 software installed, the LCE control server orchestrates all devices and fixtures within a project and provides the ability to output DMX/RDM, e:net, Art-Net, and KiNET protocols. The LCE can also communicate via RDM using the Butler XT as an interface. Mountable in a 19” rack and capable of controlling of up to 65,536 DMX channels, it integrates a variety of audio/video, external triggering, plus other devices and content.
For user input, a touchscreen monitor housed on the front panel communicates visually via custom graphic user interface designs. These can include pictures, buttons, and faders with various colors, shapes, and patterns. This screen is also viable for monitoring lighting parameters and the status of devices in a lighting system. Additionally, users can integrate audio and video media into their lighting project in the form of audio and video files or external media content via dedicated audio and video hardware. It is also possible to enlist two media players to replay and transition between files.
In terms of durability and ensuring permanent installations operate without so much as a hiccup, the company claims that the LCE will work continually without interruption. For ease of mind through redundancy, additional LCEs are configurable as backups for a master LCE. For more information, call e:cue LIGHTING CONTROL, East Rutherford, NJ. (201) 508-1570 or visit www.ecue.com/products/engines.html.